Top 10 Live Shows to See in July 2017

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Plan ahead and mark your calendars with our top picks for live music in Houston for July 2017.

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Enjoy an over-the-top fireworks show near Downtown, do the “YMCA” on the grassy lawn of Miller Outdoor Theatre in the Museum District, hear timeless hits from the Disco/R&B queen, keep on hoping for cake by the ocean, and more.

We’ve got plenty of excellent shows and concerts to help you plan out your music experience with our tips for live music this month.

Top 10 Live Shows to See this Month in Houston: July 2017

  • Texas Music Festival at the UH Moores School of Music | Saturday, July 1 – Classical music’s rising stars take to the stage in this series that has been showcasing everything from Houston premieres of contemporary works to virtuoso settings of beloved classics. This performance, titled Orchestral Dances, features guest conductor Daniel Hege playing the work of Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, Maurice Ravel: La valse, and Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59. $20 to $135, not including ticket fees. 6:30pm.
  • Diana Ross in Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Sunday, July 2 – See the Motown and Disco queen Diana Ross when she brings her In The Name of Love Tour to Sugar Land. Ross’ famed and extraordinary career has spanned almost five decades and her cultural impact has been celebrated around the world. She recently received the country’s highest honor in 2016, when President Obama presented her with the Medal of Freedom at the White House. Tickets start at $67, but you’ll likely find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. 8pm.
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes in Concert at House of Blues | Monday, July 3 – Catch the country and folk singer-songwriter, friend of Townes Van Zandt, record producer, author, and actor, Steve Earle with his band The Dukes at House of Blues. Country duo, The Mastersons will round out the bill with fantastic harmonies when they open the show. Tickets start at $30, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. 7pm.
  • Village People in Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Monday, July 3 | FREE  Do the “YMCA” when the Village People hit the stage for a free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The one-of-a-kind ’70s group has sold more than 100 million recordings worldwide, earning them the title “Kings of Disco.” These six talented men combine energetic choreography with outrageous fun and lots of bumping and grinding. 8:30pm.
  • Freedom Over Texas at Eleanor Tinsley Park and Sam Houston Park | Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4  Celebrate the 4th of July with live music, fun family activities, and stunning fireworks. For the first time in the event’s history, the celebration will kick off with a patriotic tribute by the United States Air Force Band of the West. Grammy-nominated and CMA-winning artist, Hunter Hayes will follow before multi-platinum selling, 2016 MTV Video Music Award-winning, Dnce takes the stage with “Cake by the Ocean” and other hits. Tickets range from $5 to $10; children under 5 get in free. 4pm to 10pm.
  • Roger Waters in Concert at Toyota Center | Thursday, July 6  The creative genius of Pink Floyd returns in 2017 with a pioneering new tour, “Us + Them”, featuring classic Pink Floyd, some new songs, and solo work. Roger Waters’ legendary live performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences featuring high class, state-of-the-art audio visual production and breathtaking sound. Tickets start at $55, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s online resale market. 8pm.
  • Journey in Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Wednesday, July 12 – Hear the ’80s anthem “Don’t Stop Believin” and others when Journey hits the stage. Find out what happens when a city boy born and raised in South Detroit and a small town girl’s lonely worlds collide on a midnight train going anywhere. The legendary band (and arguably one of the most popular to karaoke) bring all their hits Sugar Land with openers Asia. Tickets start at $59.50, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace. 7:30pm.
  • Kendrick Lamar in Concert at Toyota Center | Saturday, July 15 – See the seven-time Grammy-winning hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar play hits from his new album Damn at the Toyota Center. Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. open the show. Tickets start at $49.50, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s online resale market. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony: The Music of Prince at Jones Hall | Saturday, July 15 –Watch the Houston Symphony honor Prince with songs like “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Kiss”, and “Purple Rain” at Jones Hall. They’re teaming up with returning conductor Brent Havens and the Houston Symphony (which also brought the city The Music of Led Zeppelin and The Music of Queen) for an exceptional night of Prince’s eclectic music, complete with full orchestra, band, and featured vocalist Marshall Charloff. Tickets start at $29. 7:30pm.
  • Hank Williams, Jr. in Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Friday, July 28 – With 70 million albums sold worldwide, Hank Williams, Jr. is hands down one of country music’s most successful country performers. Check out the country music legend when he brings his brand of outlaw country to Sugar Land later this month. Tickets start at $65, but you may find cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale website. 8pm.